Drop the Rape Whistle and Grab His Hair, Girlfriend

Pradnya Mandhare, 20, who is studying towards her Bachelor’s degree in mass media at Sathaye College in Vile Parle, was waiting at a train platform after a lecture around 2:30 p.m. in Mumbai, India, when she was approached by an intoxicated man, who aggressively began to grab at her body.

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4 Female South Asian Writers, Activists, and Thought Leaders to Re(Discover) in 2015

Many look up to the work and talents of the global celebrity populace, but the unsung heroes of our communities are the activists, writers and thought leaders, who do not get the recognition they deserve for their efforts to cultivate a strong and open minded society.

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Watch Bollywood’s Version of the SketchShe Video: ‘Mime Through Bollywood’

Last week, a “Mime Through Time” video, by SketchShe, went viral. So, it only made sense that a Bollywood version quickly hit the net as well, and these three brown beauties definitely didn’t disappoint.

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The Secrets of Becoming An International Brown Girl Globetrotter

A first generation Indian-American born in the Lower East Side of New York City, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth. However, I was born with a passport in my mouth and a love for all things multicultural.

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Paging Pri’s Answer to Twenty-Something’s Looking for Love

It’s hammer time when you are a twenty-something, Desi girl, done with college, beginning her career, but not engaged. You are surrounded by a sea of people whom you have grown up with, who are either engaged, getting engaged or are already married. You are beginning to feel the pressure, not only from your own family, but your friend’s parents as well.

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Journalist and Brown Girl of the Month Sabrina Siddiqui Chats News and Politics

I was about 13 years old when I decided I wanted to be a journalist. Like most kids, I had been asked the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up,” countless times. But at 13 was perhaps the first moment in my life when I came up with a serious answer and one that wasn’t just a phase.

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Journalist and Brown Girl of the Month Sabrina Siddiqui Chats News and Politics

I was about 13 years old when I decided I wanted to be a journalist. Like most kids, I had been asked the age-old question, “What do you want to be when you grow up,” countless times. But at 13 was perhaps the first moment in my life when I came up with a serious answer and one that wasn’t just a phase.

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Glam up Your Desi Look With This Yellow Saree and Gold Details

For today’s post, I am sharing a gem from my own collection, Zunera by Labels. I have always loved sarees because it is such an elegant and diverse outfit, if worn right.

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Meet The Staff: Anjali Sharma

Hi fellow brown girls and boys! My name is Anjali Sharma and I am a fifteen-year-old, 100% Punjabi girl, born and raised in the town that contains the country’s #1 beach in sunny Florida. Whew, that’s a mouthful.

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Meet The Staff: Nur Kara

I am a mosaic—a medley of cultures, an assortment of spices.

My ancestors are from Gujarat, India, but the past four generations of my immediate family were born and raised in East Africa.

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Your New Girl Crushes: Twins Poonam and Priyanka Infuse Bharatnatyam With Their ‘Ramta Jogi’ Choreography

If these two aren’t the cutest and most badass twins that you’ve ever met, then we don’t know what to tell you. Their Bharatnatyam infused choreography to the nostalgically popular song from the 1999 Bollywood movie, “Taal” is worth watching on repeat. And then, once more.

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Meet The Staff: Karishma Desai

I’m an emerging multimedia journalist, looking to break into the TV news industry. News junkie by day and professional dreamer by night, I like to think of possible solutions to

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L.A. Times’ New Managing Editor Mitra Kalita Continues to Prove: Women Can Do it All

If you asked 38-year-old Indian-American journalist and published author Mitra Kalita to list her accomplishments on a resume, it would undoubtedly be an extensive list punctuated by semicolons and multi-adjective phrases. To say the newly appointed managing editor of editorial strategy at the L.A. Times and former executive editor at Quartz has managed to make a name for herself in the industry, is to state the somewhat obvious.

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Anthropologie Shoots With Model Neelam Gill in Rajasthan

The American brand, Anthropologie, shot its March Lookbook in Rajasthan, India, with none other than our favorite brown girl model Neelam Gill. There’s no better way to officially welcome Spring than with Gill’s spectacular looks for the everyday American Desi girl.

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Brown Girl of the Month and Food Blogger Priya Gulati

Priya Gulati (or “Chef Pri” as her readers know her) is a California­-licensed attorney, Bollywood dancer and teacher, and author of the vegetarian food blog Recipris.

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Glam up Your Desi Look With This Yellow Saree and Gold Details

For today’s post, I am sharing a gem from my own collection, Zunera by Labels. I have always loved sarees because it is such an elegant and diverse outfit, if worn right.

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Air India Airlines Aims for Women’s Empowerment With a Fashion Show

India’s national airline, Air India , marked International Women’s day – March 8th 2015, with a new initiative working towards raising awareness on female empowerment, skills development, educating the girl child and entrepreneurship by partnering with the Indian Women Pilots Association (IWPA), Adharshila, AVA Merchandising, Helping Hands and Gayatri Jolly.

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Anthropologie Shoots With Model Neelam Gill in Rajasthan

The American brand, Anthropologie, shot its March Lookbook in Rajasthan, India, with none other than our favorite brown girl model Neelam Gill. There’s no better way to officially welcome Spring than with Gill’s spectacular looks for the everyday American Desi girl.

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Nars Makeup Review: Audacious Lipsticks

Nars Cosmetics launched a new permanent lipstick line called Audacious, which includes 40 color rich shades that give a creamy finish so your lips can look smoother and fuller.

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The Perfect Jumpsuit and Metallics Ensemble, by Fashion Blogger Zunera Mazhar

I am so in love with jumpsuits for the spring. They are making a big come back along with flared pants and bellbottoms. Not to mention, floral pants are also all the rage this season.

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Red Ghagra Takes the Runway at New York Fashion Week 2015

Nidhi Garg Allen is the co-founder of the fashion brand Red Ghagra. She is a former engineer, turned runner, fitness coach and writer since her move to New York City with her husband.

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Back to the Basics – White Tee with Skinny Jeans, by fashion blogger Zunera Mazhar

Fashion Blogger Zunera Mazhar is back! This time with must-have advice. Next time you’re in a hurry and can’t think of an outfit, head out the door looking fly with the white-tee-look that makes a bold statement.

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How to Wear a Floral Fusion Maxi for the Everyday South Asian American Women

On this #TrendsetterThursday, I want to share some sparkle and ethnic fusion for my South Asian beauties. In the pictures below, I am wearing a dress with traditional gotta work and although the embellishments cause skin irritation, we love our desi outfits and always try to find reasons to wear them.

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Must Watch Beauty Tutorials for South Asian Women, by Birchbox’s Deepica Mutyala

Birchbox’s Deepica Mutyala knows what South Asian women want, so we’ve compiled her most recent makeup/beauty tutorials, just for you! If you like what you see, subscribe for more and comment below.

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4 Female South Asian Writers, Activists, and Thought Leaders to Re(Discover) in 2015

Many look up to the work and talents of the global celebrity populace, but the unsung heroes of our communities are the activists, writers and thought leaders, who do not get the recognition they deserve for their efforts to cultivate a strong and open minded society.

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The Secrets of Becoming An International Brown Girl Globetrotter

A first generation Indian-American born in the Lower East Side of New York City, I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth. However, I was born with a passport in my mouth and a love for all things multicultural.

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Author Mala Kumar Discusses Coming Out and the NYC DesiQ Scene

As a gay woman of Indian origin, New York immediately became home in physical, emotional and mental capacities, much more than any other place I had ever lived.

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Vishavjit Singh, ‘Sikh Captain America,’ on What it Means to be American

Vishavjit Singh, 43, is one of the many people who are challenging misconceptions of what it means to be an American. He is not just doing his part to become an exemplary citizen, he is going above that. He has stepped into the role of an American superhero, one that goes by the name of Sikh Captain America.

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MasterChef India’s Youngest Finalist Nikita Gandhi Dishes on Making it to Top 5

At 22 years, Nikita Gandhi has made greater strides in her career than some even twice her age. A business graduate from the University of Baltimore, entrepreneur, and food blogger are among her numerous titles, but Gandhi is best known for her recent fame as MasterChef India’s youngest Top 5 contender.

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Tania Rashid Speaks Up for the Silenced: The Lives of Female Sex Workers in Bangladesh’s Daulatdia Brothel

According to Action Aid, there are about 200,000 female sex workers in Bangladesh–one of the few largely Islamic countries where prostitution is legal and so are brothels. The largest Bangladeshi brothel and the largest bordello in the world, Daulatdia, has more than 1,300 sex workers and services more than 3,000 men daily.

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Instagram Apologizes for Censoring Menstruation, Spoken Word Poet Rupi Kaur Celebrates Major Win for Women

Feminist spoken word poet and author of “Milk and Honey” Rupi Kaur caused major waves of change this week when she fought against Instagram for censoring a photo of a woman menstruating — and won.

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The BomBaebs’ #RapAgainstRape Will Make You Want to Shout for Change in Indian Society [VIDEO]

These powerful lyrics from Uppekha Jain and Pankhuri Awasthi, a.k.a. BomBaebs’ rap, against rape will flood your brain and stay with you long past you have heard them.

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How the Idea of Traditional Indian Women Create Unfair Female Idols

Indian women are superficially placed above men, as objects to be ogled or admired, but rarely respected as intellectual leaders. They are held up in one hand and crushed down by the other.

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